ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Kurt van Dender
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ITR Global Tax 50 2022: Kurt van Dender

Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD

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Economist Kurt van Dender has shaped the OECD’s work on the environment and tax for a decade. For his efforts, the OECD has made him acting head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division which encompasses the environmental tax unit.

Most of van Dender’s work has been focused on the environment and tax, but his new responsibilities include how to maintain tax revenue as part of the economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. But the question of climate change is not going away.

As the OECD’s tax centre turns its sights towards the environment, van Dender is well-placed to bring his expertise as an expert in carbon pricing. Carbon taxes are a natural pricing instrument, and trading systems can set a price floor alongside other regulatory measures.

Carbon prices may have doubled since the COVID-19 pandemic began, but van Dender has warned that the variations in pricing are significant between different countries. So there is a real need for an international standard. This may be the next challenge for the OECD.

Going into 2023, Kurt van Dender is someone to watch as a tax policymaker who understands the importance of getting carbon taxation right.

Global Tax 50 2022

Breaking down the entire 50 individually according to the impact they made would require too granular an approach. Each entry is in alphabetical order as part of categories, i.e. individuals, to make it simpler to navigate.

Industry figures
Tax authorities
Public officials
Noteworthy individuals
Vice president of global transfer pricing and tax disputes, Johnson & Johnson
Chair of tax policy group, BusinessEurope
Director and head of international tax for Meta Latin America
Head of transfer pricing, AstraZeneca
Executive vice president of global tax and treasury, Unilever
Global head of tax, Siemens
Chair of the taxation committee, USCIB
Chair of the tax committee at BIAC
Commissioner of the Canada Revenue Agency
Commissioner of SARS
Minister of Revenue, New Zealand
Former IRS commissioner
Commissioner of the State Tax Administration
Executive secretary of ATAF
Director of direct taxation, coordination, economic analysis and evaluation, European Commission
Minister of finance, budget and national planning, Nigeria
US president
Departing president of Brazil
Secretariat of the economy, Mexico
Acting Head of the Tax Policy and Statistics Division, OECD
Co-chairs of the UN Committee of Experts on International Cooperation in Tax Matters (UN Tax Committee)
Commissioner for the economy, European Commission
Minister of finance, Indonesia
Head of TIWB secretariat
Prime minister of Japan
US senators
Director-general of the Public Debt Management Office, Thai Ministry of Finance
Chair of the House Ways & Means Committee
Director of the OECD’s Centre for Tax Policy and Administration
Head of the GloBE unit, OECD
President of Colombia
Acting deputy director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Former director of the Centre for Tax Policy and Administration, OECD
Lord of Kingswood, UK
Minister of finance and corporate affairs, India
UK prime minister and chancellor of the exchequer
Chair of the Senate Finance Committee
Secretary of the US Treasury
CEO and global chairman, EY
Tax attorney, blogger and podcaster, Taxgirl
Former Uber lobbyist
Director of Tax Research UK
Director of Tax Policy Associates
CEO of Opportunity Green
Chief executive of Tax Justice Network
Acting director of TaxWatch
Former responsible tax lead at PIRC
Chief executive of Fair Tax Foundation
Director of the ICIJ
Principal analyst for CICTAR
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